Native Eating: Chocolate and Macadamia Brownie
We wanted to share a decadent recipe from Australian chef Alistair Wise. A delicious way to pass the time whilst you isolate.
For the mousse:
55 gm (¼ cup) caster sugar
1½ leaves of gelatine (titanium strength), softened in cold water
5 gm eggwhite powder (see note)
600 ml pouring cream
400 gm milk chocolate (36% cocoa solids), melted and cooled slightly
For the cake:
200 gm butter, coarsely chopped
100 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped
210 gm caster sugar
100 gm plain flour
100 gm macadamias, coarsely chopped
100 gm brown sugar
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
5 bananas, halved lengthways
For dusting: Dutch-process cocoa (see note)
To serve: Valrhona chocolate balls (see note)
Preheat oven to 150C. Melt butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Whisk eggs and caster sugar in an electric mixer until thick and pale (5-6 minutes), fold through chocolate mixture, then fold in flour and macadamia. Spoon into a buttered and baking paper base-lined 22cm-diameter springform pan, smooth top and bake until just firm to touch (20-25 minutes). Cool completely in pan.
Heat brown sugar in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until melted (2-3 minutes). Add ginger, stir to combine, then add bananas in a single layer and cook, turning occasionally, until caramelised and tender (4-5 minutes). Arrange on top of the brownie, squash to make a uniform layer then cool completely.
Meanwhile, for milk chocolate mousse, whisk eggs and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until thick and can hold a ribbon (10-12 minutes), then remove from heat. Squeeze excess liquid from gelatine and whisk in gelatine with eggwhite powder. In a separate bowl, whisk cream until soft peaks form, add chocolate and fold to combine, then fold in egg mixture. Spoon mousse over caramelised banana, smooth top and refrigerate until set (2-3 hours). Dust with Dutch-process cocoa, scatter with chocolate balls and serve immediately.
You can purchase Valrhona balls from Simon Johnson online. Eggwhite powder is a professional pâtisserie product however Pavlova Magic can be used as a substitute and is available from most supermarkets. Dutch-process cocoa is milder in taste compared to natural cocoa and can be bought from most supermarkets - we particularly like the powder from Koko Black.
Recipe and image courtesy of Gourmet Traveller magazine.